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Drugs: Rehabilitation

Volume 478: debated on Monday 23 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time was between referral and treatment for drug treatment programmes in each primary care trust in each of the last five years. (210406)

Waiting times in the drug treatment system in England is not available over the last five years. Published data prior to April 2006 reported average waiting times, but since then published data have reported the numbers of clients in structured drug treatment (as a percentage of the total treatment population) who wait three weeks or less.

During 2006-07, 89 per cent. of service users of the drug treatment system in England waited three weeks or less to access specialist drug treatment.1

Waiting time targets for each drug action team area in England and their performance against these are available in each area's annual treatment plan which are available at www.nta.nhs.uk. These data are presented in the form of the percentage of drug treatment clients who accessed the treatment they required within three weeks of assessment.

1 Source:

National Treatment Agency 2006-07 Annual Report.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many patients (a) under 18 and (b) 18 and over were referred to drug treatment centres in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority area of residence. (210407)

Data on referrals are not collected centrally.

However, published annual data on the numbers of clients in specialist drug treatment services in England by age (under 18 and 18 and over) for the four years between 2003-04 and 2006-07 are provided in the following tables. Data are not yet available for 2007-08.

Changes in the boundaries of some strategic health authority areas (SHA) in recent years, do not allow direct comparisons of drug treatment data over time by SHA area. Published information on clients attending specialist drug treatment services in England is routinely presented either as a national figure or by local drug action team/partnerships areas, which are co-terminus with local authority areas.

Age of clients in treatment, between 2003-04 and 2006-07

Age range

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Under 18s

6,536

8,851

11,917

13,680

Over 18s

119,009

151,602

165,138

181,784

Total

125,545

160,453

177,055

195,464

Note:

The increase in young people appearing in the drug treatment numbers reflects an increase in treatment capacity and accuracy in reporting rather than an increase in the incidence of young people developing substance misuse dependency.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist youth drug dependency workers in each strategic health authority area there are; and how many there were in each of the last five years. (210408)

The Department does not collect information on the numbers of specialist youth drug dependency workers employed in England.